"It is sometimes forgotten that GNU/Linux is more than just a
desktop operating system. Linux, being a well-engineered kernel, is
used extensively and also funded for its important role in several
different areas of computing. One needs to look for evidence of
growth not only in desktops. Judgment must be based on multiple
areas where GNU/Linux gains traction. This ought to cover some
disruptive trends that are yet to be reckoned with.
"As time goes by, appliances might inherit the important role of
traditional desktops. Mobile and ultra-mobile devices could
gradually replace laptops and servers to become more predominant
owing to Web-based software, which also moves storage toward the
back end. Let's explore how GNU/Linux fits this broader vision and
discover just how ubiquitous it is, with growth consistently on the
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